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Do Granite Countertops Emit Radon? (And Other Radon FAQs)

Do Granite Countertops Emit Radon? (And Other Radon FAQs)
Author: Paul Hammerbeck for The Allstate Blog: Home Safety & Security, January 15, 2014.

Read the full online resource here: http://blog.allstate.com/radon-granite-countertops/

From the article:
People love their granite countertops, though some now consider them too commonplace and prefer newer choices like quartz or quartzite. But there’s another reason some segue from granite. They worry that it will emit radon, a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of rocks and natural stones.

So, are granite countertops a real risk? Since January is Radon Action Month, this is a good time to learn all you can about potential risks of radon in granite, and elsewhere in your home.

Here are some frequently asked questions about radon, with answers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and experts Brian Hanson, a specialist with the National Radon Program Services at Kansas State University, and Robert Emery, DrPH, vice president of safety, health, environment, and risk management at the University of Texas, Health Science Center.